Component engineers get right down to the nitty-gritty of how things work. They design, test and install the small working parts of larger mechanisms or processes. As a component engineer, you'll have a keen eye for detail and a passion for exploring engineering solutions to complex problems. You might find yourself working on a wide variety of projects, perhaps helping develop a vehicle, a factory production line, a medical appliance or a household electronics product. You'll probably develop a specialism for components in one particular industry or market sector, such as aerospace.
Typically, you'll work as a member of a team, either for a large company, or as part of an engineering consultancy hired-in by a client. You'll work to design, test and refine your component, concentrating on its efficiency and reliability.
You'll design, assemble and test components, often using mathematical and computer models to simulate a range of stresses and different operating conditions. You're likely to be responsible, too, for maintaining your specialist component, once it is installed in the completed project. As well as the engineering challenge, you'll need to consider the cost and safety of your design and plan to deliver it on deadline.
- Highly numerate
- Good understanding of mechanical and electrical principles and processes
- Good communication skills and plenty of initiative